New Birth Statistics Released

According to the latest statistics from the CDC, the total number of births reached the highest point in history in 2007 with over 4 million babies born. Among that finding, more teenagers and unmarried women are having children.

Researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics found the number of 15 to 19 year girls who had babies went up one percent between 2006 and 2007. The number of unmarried women having children went up between 3 and 5 percent, now making up nearly 40 percent of all births.

Fertility rates went up, as well as the number of women who delivered by c-section.

Researchers found the number of babies who were born late-preterm, between 34 and 36 weeks, went down one percent. The preterm birth rate had been increasing since the 1980's.


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